Artist Oil Colors

Artist Oil Colors

Originating from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, over one hundred seventy artist quality oil colors are now made in New Berlin, NY. Each color is milled in small batches to provide a unique expression of each pigment used. For that reason, our paints are not homogeneous, as some colors require a very fine grind that results in a rich, smooth paint, while others are best allowed to retain more texture and provide a little more resistence and less gloss. Available in 37 or 150 ml tubes and 8 or 16oz. cans. (Larger sizes available.)

Williamsburg Oils SDS
Williamsburg Drying Times Chart
Williamsburg Grind Chart
Williamsburg Color Mixing Guide

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We will take you through the extensive palette of earth colors offered in Williamsburg Oil paints, breaking down the differences between natural, mined pigments, and colors that have been synthesized. Explore the texture, transparency and utility of these colors in your painting!

The drying time chart referenced in this video can be found here:

For a listing of all our colors categorized by their relative grind (very fine to coarse) see this list from our website:​

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Find the Munsell data for every color in the Williamsburg palette here.

Williamsburg Oil Colors Overview

Getting the proper pigment is just the beginning. So much of the quality of oil paint is in the grinding. Each color is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment. Some colors will feel slightly gritty; others extremely smooth. Our Cerulean Blue will have a beautiful velvet, light-absorbing surface with an extremely strong covering power; our Siennas will often be chunky or gritty to allow light to travel through the vehicle, exposing rich golden or mahogany undertones instead of just heavy, dull browns.

Pigments are ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined linseed oil and made in batches no larger than eight gallons at a time. This gives us total control over the product, much like the late nineteenth-century French color makers. All the materials are hand measured, and every ounce of paint is scrutinized. The paint is packed in 37 ml and 150 ml non-reactive aluminum tubes. Larger quantities of paint are packed in aluminum cans using only the purest materials.

Williamsburg Artist Oil Colors are used by the world's finest artists whose work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Beaubourg in Paris.

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